Archive for the ‘Great Finds’ Category

This adorable corner shelf sits in the opposite corner of the suitcase shelf.  I purchased it at my favorite little second hand store, Abbey Ann’s, in my hometown of Tallmadge, Ohio.  (I make it a point to visit everytime I make it back to Tallmadge.)  It was varnished dark wood when I bought it and I applied a creamy white paint for more of the shabby chic look.  It holds a handmade clock that I bought a long time ago, the salve tin that my grandfather used to get out for any bumps or bruises, and I pretty tin that I picked up at an auction that now holds our q-tips.  Notice the burgandy silky material that lines each shelf … yes, it’s from the suitcase lining and I added a little crocheted lace to the edges.  The chippy wrought iron towel hanger was purchased at the Hog Creek Craft and Antique Mall in Allen, Michigan.  I think I paid $3 for this gem. 

I’m tickled pink at how this corner turned out.  It’s right next to the sink where we can now hang a handtowel and it helped get yet another item, q-tips, off the counter.

I created this valance by sewing together cloth table napkins with pink embroidered trim and flowers.  It adds a little country feel to the room. 

There are a few items left to share and I’ll save them for another day 🙂


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In my quest to find ways of recycling some outdated, castaway items into cherished treasures and giving them a second life, I have been working on giving my bathroom a new look.  It’s a little bit country with the warm colors and a little shabby chic with the tins and painted furnishings and definitely vintage with the many collectibles. 

I needed something to replace a shelf that I had above the toilet that held some decorative items and also doubled as a towel rack.  I thought I wanted an old vintage medicine cabinet but was having a hard time finding one that I liked and was in my budget.  I have a collection of Trash to Treasure books by Leisure Arts and when I need inspiration, I leaf through them.  I came across a project where they turned an old suitcase into a shelf.  I liked the idea but worried that it might be too big for the space.  Nonetheless, I set off looking for the perfect suitcase and I found it at the Allen Antique Barn, one of just many places to shop for antiques in Allen, Michigan. 

I am thrilled with the suitcase and how the renovation turned out.  The inside of the suitcase had a really pretty burgandy silk material that was in very good condition.  It had loose pockets on three of the sides which meant extra material that I could use.  And I did, to cover the wood shelf that my husband made

 to hold my collection of various vintage items … from hat pins to old nail polish bottles to my grandmothers pretty vanity mirror.  And then there are some old razors and razor tins, some perfume bottles and some pill containers.   What I like is that there is still room to add more goodies as my collections grow.


All of this for $12 … that’s right, the suitcase cost me $12.  My husband had the wood for the shelf in the barn and I reused the material that was inside the suitcase.

This was a lot easier than I thought it would be and I can’t be happier with the way it turned out.  If you are thinking about a project like this look for a suitcase with pockets so that that you will have extra material to work with.  In my next post, I will share other updates to this bathroom and you will see that silky burgandy material show up again and again.  🙂

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The area code system was developed in the 1940s by AT&T and Bell Laboratories to simplify direct dialing calls.  It went into effect in 1947 and was called the North American Numbering Plan (NANP), an integrated telephone numbering plan.   At first, the codes were used only by long-distance operators.  Then on November 10, 1951 the first directly dialed call using area codes was made from Englewood, NJ to Alameda, CA.  Today, the NANP  serves 19 North American countries that share its resources.

To celebrate the invention of the area codes, I’ve created this etsy treasury…

‘Numbers, Numbers, and more Numbers’ by EndlessC

Celebrate the Area Code

Industrial Metal Number…


Do It Yourself Advent C…


Antique Porcelain Hotel…


Brass House Numbers 406…


French enamel house num…


One vintage school bus …


Brass Tags Number Tags …


Vintage Metal Gas Stati…


vintage black and white…


Fancy Vintage wood type…


Numbering Tacks – Never…


Old number school locke…


8″ Tall Brass Sten…


Brass Tags to Mark Seat…


1940s Numbered Price Ta…


Gorgeous Chippy Antiqu…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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The Ideals magazines were published bi-monthly by the Ideals Publishing Co of Milwaukee, WI. As described on the order form …. Ideals are issues of clean, wholesome, old-fashioned American ideals – homey – philosophy – poetry – art – music – inspiration – neighborliness – things many of us have overlooked during these busy days.

I recently came across some cute little gift books published by the Ideals Publishing Corporation. These publications are a smaller version of the Ideals magazine and they were given in the place of a greeting card.


I have these for sale in my etsy store, Endless Collectabilities.

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Our guest bathroom has slowly been getting a make over. Last year I hung a washboard-shelf-towel rack up and since then have been adding vintage items to it as I come across them (mostly found in boxes that I buy at auctions).

I made the little blue shelf liner (after seeing it in a Trash to Treasure book) by gluing vintage buttons onto a piece of blue material that I cut with scalloped edges.

The next project was taking some vintage hair items and shaving items and giving them a new home. I attached them to some small wicker baskets with fishing line and hung them on the wall.



Then I had an idea to use some vintage fabric that I acquired from an auction as a valance. I wanted to hang it with clips and started searching online but then remembered some vintage silver hair clips that I acquired from an auction … how primitive is that.


I love decorative switchplates and didn’t have one in the guest bathroom so I started searching for one and came across Tin Can Sally. There I found the perfect switchplate made from a Johnson and Johnson Powder Tin.

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We are preparing for my son’s graduation party which is tomorrow (lots of prayers that the rain either comes before or after the party) and we are into themes. Two years ago we used Dr. Seuss’s, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”. Well, we didn’t want to use the same theme this year so we searched for a book to base the party on and thanks to the Books for Graduates list on the Barnes & Noble site we found one. But you have to wait until after the party to find out what book we picked.

Here are some pictures from my daughter’s, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” graduation party.

We used excerpts from the book everywhere … it is really a great book for a graduate. Here is the cake, “Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!”. The bowls above are toppings for ice cream!


The basket for cards was set up to look like a hot air balloon with a card on it that read, “You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.” The book was also at this table for friends and family to view.

The tablecloths, napkins, and plates were orange, pink, lime green, yellow, and blue.


Each table had a tent card made out of colored popsicle sticks with a different excerpt from the book on both the front and back.

We also made the invitations (sorry-no picture) that we sent out and you guessed it … there was an excerpt from the book on it. My daughter and I had a lot of fun making the invitations, table decorations, card basket, and just being creative together. It was a great day … lots of family, friend, food and fun.

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